Apple to collaborate on new solar and wind energy projects

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The tech giant is increasing access to green energy in the eastern United States. Apple is teaming up with Swiss Re, Etsy and Akami to develop new solar and wind energy farms in the United States. The companies will collectively purchase energy from a wind farm in Illinois and a solar farm in Virginia. Combined, both clean energy projects will produce enough energy to power 74,000 homes. Together, the companies will purchase 165 MW from a solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant just outside of Fredericksburg, Virginia, and 125 MW from…

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Massachusetts offshore wind farm offer massive savings for consumers

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The first major offshore wind farm in the US to cut monthly power bills up to 1.5%. The Massachusetts offshore wind farm is expected to save the state’s electricity users an estimated $1.4 billion over 20 years, reported Bloomberg. Electricity will be delivered at an average price of 8.9 cents per kilowatt hour. The commercial-scale 800-megawatt Massachusetts offshore wind project known as Vineyard Wind, which will be located just south of Martha’s Vineyard, has agreed to provide electricity at an average price of 8.9 cents a kilowatt hour throughout the…

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New water electrolysis technology to generate green hydrogen

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Thyssenkrupp’s new tech could produce hydrogen from renewable sources for large projects. Industrial-scale water electrolysis technology has been developed by German-based company Thyssenkrupp for the purpose of producing green hydrogen. More specifically, the technology created by the diversified industrial group was developed to make hydrogen production an economically viable solution for large projects using clean energy, reported The Chemical Engineer. The water electrolysis tech splits water into hydrogen and oxygen. Although hydrogen has the potential to be a low-carbon alternative fuel and power source for multiple applications, currently one of…

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Scientists believe they are close to a clean energy storage breakthrough

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A new liquid metal battery could store renewable power for the electricity grid. Researchers at Stanford University have developed a new type of flow battery that could be a clean energy storage solution that is both environmentally safe and has a long service life. This battery breakthrough could boost the goal of powering the electricity grid with renewable energy. As more power generators make the switch to solar and wind, the goal is to create powerful and less expensive batteries that are capable of more clean energy storage. Flow batteries…

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Simple solar energy technology could change the world

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The SunSaluter solar panel has gone open source. The solar energy technology behind the simple solar panel efficiency device known as the SunSaluter has been made open source so that anyone can build it. Now that it is no longer patented, the device can bring renewable energy to those who need it the most. The SunSaluter also produces clean drinking water. Developed by Chinese-Canadian software/mechanical engineer Eden Full Goh, the SunSaluter rotates and follows the sun throughout the day and boosts efficiency by 30%. Additionally, it produces four liters of…

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Tokyo 2020 sets high carbon-free renewable energy goals

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The next Olympic Games host city is focusing on green technology and sustainability. The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games is making every effort to reduce carbon emissions during the preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Games and when they take place. The Committee has a bold sustainability operation plan. Back in June, the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee announced its plans to use as many renewable power sources as possible during the Games. The plan was created with the intention of contributing to the United Nations’ 17 sustainable…

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Waste-to-energy technology could help power chicken farms

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Poultry litter could be transformed into an environmentally-friendly resource to aid farmers. The development of new waste-to-energy technology by Cykloburn Technologies, a Baltimore-based startup, could lead to the conversion of excess poultry fertilizer into power for framers on the Eastern Shore. Federal funding will help the W2E project become a reality. After securing a licensing deal with Morgan State, Cykloburn Technologies received a $225,000 Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Science Foundation, reported Technical.ly. According to Cykloburn Technologies CEO Rob Meissner, the funding will help add capacity to…

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Researchers build new cheap and sustainable biogenic solar cell

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A solar cell that uses bacteria can convert light to energy. Researchers from the University of British Columbia (UBC) have discovered a new way to build cheap solar cells that are also sustainable. Called biogenic solar cells, they use bacteria that converts light to energy, even under cloudy skies. The bacteria-powered solar cell works equally efficient in both bright and dim light. This innovative biogenic solar cell generated a current more powerful than any previously recorded from this type of device. Its ability to convert light to energy, even in…

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UK solar power briefly overtakes gas as top energy source

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The heatwave in Britain has broken multiple solar energy-generation records. UK solar energy made headlines this past weekend when the nation’s solar power briefly overtook gas power stations as the United Kingdom’s top energy source. Last week, solar broke the record for weekly output in the UK. Although UK solar energy installations have “virtually flatlined” over the past year, according to a report from The Guardian, a week of mostly cloudless days has contributed to a series of record-breaking highs for this renewable form of power generation. According to Sheffield…

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Mexico could achieve its geothermal energy potential with help from Seequent

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Mexico has the capacity to generate huge geothermal power. The country has incredible geothermal energy potential, but the cost to tap into this potential has created a significant barrier. However, Seequent, a New Zealand company, may be able to help Mexico overcome this hurdle. The New Zealand company has developed a close relationship with Mexico. Since its inception back in 2004, Seequent has developed a close relationship with the North American country. Specializing in developing technologies designed to overcome environmental, earth and energy challenges, Seequent intends to support the development…

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Canadian university to pioneer alternative energy heating system

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The University of Winnipeg will be using biomass to heat its downtown buildings. Starting this fall, the University of Winnipeg, located in Manitoba, Canada, will be switching on an alternative energy heating system that consists of boilers that burn wood pellets. The bioenergy system is also a demonstration project. In the fall of 2017, the university, which is located in downtown Winnipeg, had two 100-kilowatt biomass boilers delivered to its halls for the purpose of providing supplementary heating. The biomass system became operational this spring and as a result, a…

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Turkey wind energy project to be the largest in the world

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This will be the country’s first offshore wind farm. Turkey’s Energy and Natural Resources Minister Berat Albayrak announced last week that the biding process for a Turkey wind energy project will be held in October. The 1,200-megawatt (MW) offshore wind energy project will be the first in the country and the largest in the world. Applications will be assessed and then the auction for the wind farm will commence. Applications for the construction of the Turkey wind energy plant will be accepted until the 23rd of October. Applicants will then…

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Planned waste-to-energy plant will be first of its kind in Georgia

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A recycling plant is set to be built at the Augusta city landfill. Allied Energy Services plans to build the 55,000-square-foot waste-to-energy plant at Augusta’s 1,200-acre landfill, a landfill that receives approximately 390,000 tons of trash every year from counties throughout the region. Over 170,000 tons of trash can be converted into alternative fuel and materials, annually. Once built, the waste-to-energy plant would be capable of converting as much as 175,000 tons of trash per year into tiny pellets that can be utilized to generate alternative energy and materials. More…

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EU has unveiled a new clean energy target

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The EU aims to derive 32% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030 The European Union has announced that it will be raising it’s clean energy target. European counties have been working to increase their consumption of clean energy for some time. Previously, the EU had aimed to derive 27% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. Now, the EU has raised this target to 32% in the same time frame. New deal could build confidence among investors The new target has been welcomed by some environmental groups,…

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India sets new clean power goal

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Government has announced a new goal for renewable energy The government of India has announced a new clean power goal. The country has been pursuing renewable energy aggressively in recent years. India is committed to combating climate change and increasing accessibility to electricity for its residents, especially in rural areas. The government’s efforts have made the country one of the largest and fastest growing solar energy markets in the world. New goal set at 227 GW The government has raised its renewable energy target to 227 gigawatts, up from its…

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Renewable energy investments continue to grow rapidly

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Report highlights the grown of clean power investments throughout the world Renewable energy is beginning to outpace coal, natural gas, and nuclear power, in terms of global investments. According to a new report from the International Energy Agency, investments in clean energy have grown quickly due to the rapidly falling costs associated with generating electricity using clean technology. Notably, both solar and wind have become the most heavily supported forms of clean power in the world. These two types of renewable power have attracted the majority of investments being made…

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